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Barbara Schulman

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Barbara Schulman

Barbara Schulman, Pennsylvania, USA


I am a contemporary fiber artist looking for exhibition venues for my work, places to teach workshops, give lectures, and travel. I am primarily interested in experimental approaches to textile art.

I was a child artist and began stitching under the influence of my third grade art teacher and early mentor, Joan Veleff, who also awakened my desire to teach. (I noticed that she enjoyed travel and studio time in the summer and was not dependent on the financial support of a husband.) Under her direction, my artistic talent developed… a lucky thing because I could barely learn to read.

Travel has always been a source of inspiration, particularly closeups of antiquity in Venice, Antonio Gaudi’s architecture, Moroccan tile patterns and glorious historical sites like Machu Picchu. A weaver for many years, I left the confines of the loom for freer expression; yet energized by the repeat patterns of woven structure, I continue to think of myself as a weaver although I currently design quilts. My primary obsession is pattern developed by repeat forms, stitches, common objects, hand embroidery or sewing machine drawing, because empty space makes me a bit nervous. I enjoy deconstructing familiar images and text so that they can be “read,” but not logically, and abstracting familiar yet provocative forms.

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